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Some pictures from the NZ museum: The Town Huntly  


Price Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.

The history of: Rahui Pokeka (Huntly). 

In the early 1840's Reverend Ashwell established a Missionary Station, Kaitotehe, across the river from Taupiri Mountain. While Ashwell was there, the local Maori pointed out a coal seam further to the north. This coal was later tested and proved to be usable coal. A small mine, Kupa Kupa, was developed on the west side of the river, south of Huntly. The coal from this mine was used during the Waikato Wars to fire the ships used by the British during this same war Rahui Pokeka, as Huntly was then known, a stockade had been built on the riverbank, not for soldiers, but for animals and stores. This was sited in the middle of today's Main Street.
After the wars some of the soldiers were granted land in our area. Most of the grants were 50 acres/20.2 hectares, and were on the east side of the river. This was the beginning of the European settlement of Huntly.
In 1870, a settler, James Henry arrived to take up the position of Postmaster. He named the town "Huntley Lodge" after his home in Scotland. Eventually the "Lodge" was dropped and then the "e".... Huntly.
The Ralph family were also one of our early families, and began working the first mine in the east side of the river.
While mining this site, on the hill behind today's brickworks, fire-clay was discovered. A brickworks was then established.
More coal mines were opened in Huntly and the surrounding towns, hence Huntly became synonymous for both coal and bricks.  




Above: Huntly Railway Station.



Above: The Huntly Hotel



Above: Main Street in Huntly, photographed by William Archer Price, circa 1910s. The post Office is center left, with a two-horse carriage standing outside, and several people on the street.
The Great South Road is named Main Street where it runs through the centre of Huntly.  
Price Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.

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